alyse janae  

The amazing life of Alyse crammed onto an itty-bitty web page 

Birthday: April 19, 1986 ; Favorite Color: Champaign; Color Code Test Result: Blue

What's new in your life?

I just finished my course work at BYU. I  will graduate this August with a Bachelor of Science in  Sociology and a minor in business mangement. This summer I am going with a BYU sociology group to Thailand for and internship teaching English for three months. I am going to be living by myself with a host family who doesn't speak English and I don't speak Thai. It should be interesting. In the middle of the intership I am going to be taking a three-week tour of Southeast Asia. I'm not sure where all we will be going, but for sure we will be going to Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, and Laos. I will also be taking a week trip down to the south Thailand beaches which are apparently some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world. After Thailand I fly straight to Mexico City to meet my Aunt Ellen and Uncle Mike. They will be taking me around Mexico for a week and a half. After Mexico I am going to come home and graduate!!!! Unfortunately I just realized that I will be in Mexico during comencement :( but I've decided to do my own comencement and rent out a church and have a really big party. You are all invited and should be receiving invitations in the mail. I am moving back to Provo and will have to find a job. Wahool. I am incredibly single, but now I have this blog so I don't need a boyfriend.  


Why were you given your particular name?

My parents always liked the name "Elise", but there was a little girl in their ward who spelled her name "Alyse" and they liked that better. I like to believe that my parents picked the name "Janae" out of the blue and then because of my amazingness my aunt decided to name my younger cousin "Janae" after me. But I think the true story is that my mom heard that my aunt was going to name her baby "Janae" and my mom liked it so she stole it.

Elementary school?

Joplin Elementary! (Boise, Idaho) Let me give a shout out to all my jaguar brothers and sisters!

Middle school?

6th grade and half of 7th: Sam Rayburn Middle school in Bryan, Texas

Half of 7th and 8th: Eagle Middle school in Boise, Idaho 

Half of 9th: McKinney North "high school" who are we kidding, it was a junior high in 2000. McKinney, Texas 

Half of 9th: Oak Canyon Junior high in Orem, Utah. That's right. I was demoted from a junior high that pretended to be a high school to a flat out junior high.

High school?

Pleasant Grove High!!! Woo!

Where have you lived?

Provo, Utah;  Boise, Idaho;  Bryan, Texas;  Boise, Idaho;  McKinney, Texas; 

Orem, Utah;  Lindon, Utah;  Provo, Utah;  Chiang Mai, Thailand


I like making movies, taking pictures, writing (but only stuff that I think is interesting), listening to music (I'm serious. I wasn't given an incredible musical performance gift, but I was definitely given the gift of music appreciation), rock climbing (this is more like an I-wish-I-were-good-at-this and I-wish-I did-this-more-often hobby).

What is your favorite food? 

"Smashers" from Wallaby's, strawberry short cake, chocolate pie with Oreo crust and whipped cream, "Grandma's" chocolate cookies from vending machines, "Upstate" from Gandolfo's, chicken enchiladas

Favorite fruit?

Crunchy, purple grapes

What is your favorite book? 

Hmmmm, well now that I am graduated I actually have time to read so I'll get back to you on that one. 

What is your favorite candy bar? 

Dark chocolate Milky Ways. Oh my gosh, they're soooooo good.  

What is your favorite cookie?

Oatmeal raisin  

What is your favorite kind of music? 

Blue grass, classical, acoustic guitar, romantic era, contemporary era, anything that is melodically and harmonically appealing. If lyrics are included they need to be insightful (as defined by me).

What is your favorite song? 

"When You Come Back Down" by Nickel Creek (today, anyways)

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to first get a job that develops my understanding of investing, retirement planning, and healthcare, then I want to work for a private (versus non-profit) that includes a micro-financing division. Then I want organize a super effective private school (preschool to 12th grade) and figure out how finance it so I can make it available to low income American children and then use it as template to reform public schools (haha).

Where have you traveled?

Upstate New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, and soon to be visiting: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Singapore, Mexico.

What is your mom like? 

Nancy: She's beautiful, funny, personable, smart, interesting, loves people, loves beautiful things, passionate, good listener, and kind. I basically want to be exactly like her. 

Marcia: She's beautiful, insightful, observant, constantly learning, loves her children, lives what she believes, good listener, hard worker, spiritually attuned. I basically want to be exactly like her too.  

What is your dad like?

Keith: He's smart, funny, observant, has a dry sense of humor and great laugh, he's a hopeless romantic, kind, emotionally mature and insightful, hates dogs, musically expressive, never does a sloppy job at anything.

Lane: Bares his soul and convictions through music, hard worker, emotionally sensitive, makes people around him feel comfortable and happy, cooks amazing mong noodles, and also hates dogs. 

Brothers and Sister?

6 srothers, 5 sisters

Nieces and Nephews?

3 coming soon!

 What are your favorite things about yourself?

I like my eyes and  the way I can express my thoughts and ideas when I have preparation.

 Do you like to sing?

Yes, but I keep it limited to my car, my apartment,...okay, I break out into song basically anywhere. It's not always pretty, but it is consistently random and spontaneous.  

Do you like to dance? 

Yes, I love country dancing, but I'm not very good.  

What musical instruments can you play?

Piano, guitar, vocal chords, flute (not really anymore, but I'll include it to make me look cool.) 

What is your favorite type of art?

Film, photography, music, paintings, interior design, graphic design.

What are three adjectives which describe you?

Safe, happy, observant 

How would your friends describe you to someone who has never seen you? 

"You know, that girl with long brown hair and a broken thumb who is always making audible sound effects..."

What are some of your favorite past classes? 

Philosophy, church history, new testament, doctrine and covenants, personal finance, statistics, college algebra, accounting, film, Super8 (we made movies with old super 8 film cameras and watched artsy documentaries), social problems, social theory, social psychology, social change, Guatemalan anthropology, outdoor adventures (Every class period we did activities that included rock climbing, canoing, scuba diving, shooting, and hiking. Then we took a trip to Goblin Valley and the Ding Dang canyons in southern Utah. Pure bliss).

What is the strangest thing you ever did? 

When I was in high school I had a crush on this boy and I wanted him to like me. On a random trip to Walmart this boy and his friends decided that they wanted drive around and pretend to barf out the windows using cottage cheese. So we went driving around and came to a huge intersection and in a moment of weakness I shoved a big spoonful of cottage cheese in my mouth, rolled down the window, and prepared to regurgitate. When all of the sudden I hear "Alyse? Hey Alyse!" I look to the car to the side of us and its a van full of a bunch of my friends, but it was too late. Slops of cottage cheese dropped out of my mouth and my friends watched in disgust. But I ended up dating the dude, so it wasn't a completely lost cause.   

  If you could change one thing about your physical appearance what would it be and why?

My nose. But actually, I  think after years of giving that answer, I might change it to "my psoriasis" because its starting to get really annoying. 

What are your pet peeves? 

When people talk or whisper a lot in the shh-zones of the Library. When people answer their phones in the library. When people don't speed up fast when the light turns green.

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